Central Oregon Communities Rally to Make Schools Safer


High Desert Education Service District brings partners together to Re-Confirm Commitment to Safe School Alliance

On January 18, school district officials from Deschutes and Crook Counties will join local law enforcement and community representatives to re-sign the Safe School Alliance (SSA) Memo of Support and Participation. The signing will take place at 8am at the High Desert Education Service District offices located at 145 SE Salmon Ave in Redmond, room ABC.

“By continuing this partnership to make our Central Oregon schools safer, these groups are making a very powerful statement,” said Dennis Dempsey, superintendent for the High Desert Education Service District, the agency that facilitates the collaborative effort. “We are all working together to reduce crime, prevent bullying and create a better environment for students and we can accomplish more as a collaborative group than we could individually,” he added.

The SSA started in September 1998 under the leadership of then Deschutes County District Attorney Mike Dugan and was called C.R.A.S.H. (Crime Reduction At School Houses). The impetus for developing the CRASH program was the increasing frequency of violence at schools or on school property across the country. The CRASH program was designed to enhance safety within school environments, protect students & teachers and provide immediate accountability for crimes committed at schools.

More recently, CRASH was renamed as the Safe School Alliance. The network of regional school districts and agencies that meet on the third Wednesday of each month to share information, discuss items of common interest and concern, advise member agencies on the adoption of policy and explore curriculum and programs to prevent bullying and cyber bullying in the regional schools.

SSA partners include:

School Districts:

Bend–La Pine Schools, Crook County School District, Culver School District, Redmond School District, Sisters School District, High Desert Education Service District

Law Enforcement Agencies:

City of Bend Police Department, City of Prineville Police Department, City of Redmond Police Department, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office

Agencies / Organizations:

Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office, Deschutes County Juvenile Justice, Deschutes County Behavioral Health Services, Oregon Youth Authority, Commission on Children & Families, KIDS Center, Serendipity West Foundation


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